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The Future of Art Bibliography (FAB) initiative developed out of various conversations among colleagues in the United States and Europe. Concerns in the art historical community about limited funding resources for art libraries and projects internationally and the cessation of the Getty's support for the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) provided the catalyst for a Kress Foundation grant to the Getty Research Institute.

What ensued was a series of international meetings of art librarians, art historians, publishers, and information technologists to review current practices, take stock of changes, and develop more sustainable and collaborative ways of supporting the bibliography of art history in the future. An international community-driven initiative arose from these early FAB meetings, one that envisions a global approach to an ever-evolving definition of what is meant by bibliography.

Updated information regarding developments, publications, past meetings, and notices of future meetings is posted to this web page.


Rome, Italy, October 3–5, 2017
Digital Cicognara Library Partners Meetings and Public Symposium, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
      Tuesday, October 3
      Vatican Library
         Annual Partners Meeting
      Wednesday, October 4
      Bibliotheca Hertziana
         Partners Business Meeting
      Thursday, October 5
      American Academy in Rome
         Public Forum


Art Libraries Journal, 40, no. 3 (2015)
"The Art Discovery Group Catalogue: a new and freely available tool for art historical bibliographic research"

Getty Research Journal, no. 6 (2014)
"Facilitating Art-Historical Research in the Digital Age: The Getty Research Portal"

Art Documentation volume 31, no. 2 (2012)
"Future of Art Bibliography initiative: Charting a new future"

Art Libraries Journal, volume 36, no.2 (2011)
Special issue on the future of art bibliography.

The Getty Iris, April 20, 2010
"The Future of Art Bibliography"

Past Meeting Timeline, Information, Presentations and Reports:

Wroclaw, Poland, August 22, 2017
Museum of Architecture
IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017
Session 166 - Discovering Art and Architecture: Open-Access Tools for Art History Research - Art Libraries
         Facts about the Art Discovery Group Catalogue
         Making More of the Data: The Kubikat in the Central Index of WorldCat
         A Virtual Library for Art History: The Getty Research Portal
         Open Access Resources for Art in Hungary: Digitizing Cultural Heritage

New Orleans, February 5–9, 2017
ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference
      Getty Research Portal Advisory Group Open Meeting
      OCLC Art Discovery Group Catalogue Updates:
         OCLC Update Meeting
         OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable Luncheon

Florence, Italy, October 28–29, 2016
artlibraries.net/Art Discovery Group Catalogue/Future of art bibliography General Meeting
Conference website

Amsterdam & Leiden, June 20–21
artlibraries.net/Art Discovery Group Catalogue Committee Meeting with OCLC

Seattle, March 8–12, 2016
ARLIS/NA & VRA 3rd Joint Conference
     "E-mania!—the present and future of electronic art book publishing"
     Getty Research Portal Advisory Group Open Meeting

Fort Worth, March 19-23, 2015
ARLIS/NA Annual Conference
     Art Discovery Group Catalogue Q & A
     Future of Art Bibliography: Sustaining Collaboration in an Evolving Landscape
     Getty Research Portal Advisory Group

Florence, February 10-11, 2015
Sixth annual meeting of the EMEA Regional Council
The Art Discovery Group Catalogue: A New Discovery Tool for Art-Related Research

Copenhagen, October 2014
Sixth artlibraries.net general meeting/Future of Art Bibliography Conference

Lyon, August 2014
80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Art Discovery: A Portal to the World's Great Art Libraries

Paris, August 2014
Art Libraries Section, IFLA 2014
Presentation of Art Discovery Project

Manchester, July 2014
ARLIS UK & Ireland Annual Conference
The Art Discovery Group Catalogue

Washington, D.C., May 2014
ARLIS/NA Annual Conference
A Culture of Collaboration: The FAB Initiative 5th Annual Update

Amsterdam, December 2013
artlibraries.net committee meeting with OCLC regarding the future of artlibraries.net in the FAB context

Pasadena, April 2013
ARLIS/NA Annual Conference
Building collective solutions: The 4th Future of Art Bibliography initiative annual update

Amsterdam, April 2013
artlibraries.net committee meeting with OCLC regarding the future of artlibraries.net in the FAB context

Paris, September 2012
Fifth artlibraries.net general meeting/FAB meeting

Helsinki, August 2012
IFLA Art Libraries Section Open Session
"Federated metasearches, boon or bane?"

Los Angeles, May 2012
Getty Research Portal Launch and Colloquium

Toronto, March 2012
ARLIS Annual Conference
"Future of Art Bibliography update"

Los Angeles, February 2012
College Art Association Annual Conference
"A Portal for Digitized Art-Historical Texts: Unified Access to the Early Literature of Art History" (PDF, 2.20MB, 27pp.)

Paris, October 2011
FAB Steering Committee/Getty Research Portal Meeting

Zurich, June 23–24, 2011
artlibraries.net Meeting with FAB Steering Committee

Minneapolis, March 24, 2011
VRA+ARLIS/NA Joint Conference

Los Angeles, March 14–16, 2011
Meeting to launch a pilot project: the FAB Digital Registry of Art Historical Texts (PDF, 189KB, 1pp.)

New York, February 12, 2011
College Art Association Annual Conference

Lisbon, Portugal, October 28–29, 2010
artlibraries.net meeting (agenda) (PDF, 199KB, 3pp.)
See Lisbon meeting overview by Uwe Dierolf, "Artlibraries.net: Bericht uber die 4.artlibraries.net Konferenz vom 28 bis 30 Oktober in Lissabon" in BIT online 13 (2010), Nr. 4. pp. 409–410

Gothenburg, Sweden, August 11, 2010
IFLA, Art Libraries Section
Papers presented in Art Libraries section conference session: "Open access and digital resources"

Los Angeles, June 21–23, 2010
The Future of Art Bibliography Supplemental Meeting (report) (PDF, 559KB, 11pp.)

Boston, April 25, 2010
The Future of Art Bibliography update, an ad hoc session at the ARLIS/NA annual conference

New York, April 21–22, 2010
The Future of Art Bibliography in the 21st Century (report) (PDF, 643KB, 12pp.)